From 1 July 2022 there will be changes to improve access to permanent residence for skilled migrant workers who chose to stay in Australia during the pandemic.
These arrangements extend to Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 (Short-term stream) and Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa holders.
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders in the short-term stream
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders in the short-term stream will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa.
To be eligible TSS visa holders must:
have been in Australia for at least one year between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021
meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa.
This pathway will be available for two years from 1 July 2022.